CBS 4 Indy: “More federal funding for Indiana roads and infrastructure is prompting a dozen local projects to be moved up by a full year.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (The Jobs Act) is delivering road projects ahead of schedule for Hoosiers around the state. The influx of funding for infrastructure projects will repair roads and cover potholes for motorists in Hamilton, Johnson, and Marion counties. With The Jobs Act and their call to suspend the state’s gas tax, Democrats have a plan to solve the kitchen-table issues voters care about most.
U.S. Congressmen André Carson and Frank Mrvan delivered these transformational investments for the Hoosier State. There’s no doubt The Jobs Act will create a better future for families in all 92 counties.
In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party voted unanimously against these infrastructure investments, despite campaigning on them. U.S Senator Todd Young famously provided a last-minute flip flop on The Jobs Act after pretending to lead on the policy for months. And, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer even said opposing infrastructure investments were a “great campaign to run on”. The Indiana GOP has no plan for Indiana’s future – just partisanship.
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CBS4Indy: Additional funding moves up Indiana road project timelines
More federal funding for Indiana roads and infrastructure is prompting a dozen local projects to be moved up by a full year.
Until recently, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization was in charge of distributing $50 million in federal funding per year for various roads and improvement projects across an eight-county area of central Indiana. That amount went up with the passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill in Washington.
“We’ve seen an increase of about $13 million a year with the new infrastructure bill,” said IMPO Executive Director Anna Gremling. “We’re looking at a total of about $63 million of infrastructure projects per year.”
As a result, 12 projects originally planned for 2025 will now be done in 2024. Those include new roundabouts and other improvements in Indianapolis, Carmel, Noblesville, Greenwood, Hamilton County and Johnson County.
Carmel City Engineer Jeremy Kashman said it was an unexpected surprise to learn two projects in his city could be funded and completed a year earlier. Those include an enhanced multi-use path along 96th Street and a new roundabout at 106th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway.
“Any time we can move something forward and construct it and get done, we’re happy to do that,’ Kashman said.
“We will continue to take any money the federal government will give us and distribute to us and use it towards quality infrastructure projects.” she said.